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April 8, 2008
Re "Air Force ads' intent questioned," March 30 I read with concern the recent statement by a Defense official criticizing the U.S. Air Force for the recruiting campaign "Above All." This official alleged that the Air Force recruiting phrase resembles an unrelated phrase from the past, saying it "evoked the phrase 'uber alles' from the national anthem used by Nazi Germany." This argument is offensive and raises the question of why this official is spending energy researching catchphrases while we are in the midst of two wars.
May 31, 2000
Regarding the downtown Oxnard entertainment center, City Councilman Dean Maulhardt has been quoted saying, "If you build it they will come." Maulhardt should be reminded that that phrase came from a movie about ghosts. I think of the phrase as the seven deadly words of redevelopment, or seven little words that can bankrupt anyone. I think, after the hype, all of the seats in a downtown Oxnard theater may be occupied by invisible creatures like ghosts. But will they buy tickets and eat popcorn?
October 13, 1991
David Chute, in his otherwise excellent review of the Pogo literature (Aug. 25), falls into the same error that most everyone else does concerning the wonderful phrase about meeting the enemy and he is us. Pogo said, as I remember, "We have met the enemy and, not only is he ours, but he is us." Pogo deepens the significance of the phrase by alluding to the almost as famous line of Oliver Hazard Perry. The later quote attributed to Pogo, though good, lost something in the translation.
January 12, 1997
I was disappointed, and surprised, when reading your Dec. 29 article, "Medical-Waste Mess Leads to Fees for Health Professionals," to learn that The Times apparently does not know that a dentist is a doctor. A veterinarian is also a doctor, as well as numerous other professionally trained people. The title "doctor" is a generic term not intended to be used to exclusively indicate a medical doctor (physician). Your consistent use of the phrase "doctors and dentists" is incorrect, benighted and offensive to all professionals authorized to use the title "doctor."
May 1, 1992
As sick as I am of rising crime statistics, as tired as I get from living, if not in fear, at least with diligent daily care for my own safety, my heart sank like a stone into my gut when I heard the King trial verdicts. Does the phrase "gross miscarriage of justice" strike a chord? How about the phrase "creeping fascism"? Be careful, people. Some of history's worst hoodlums wore uniforms and their actions were sanctioned by the state. With the Harris execution and now the King verdicts, April has indeed been the cruelest month.
July 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A British high school student received credit for writing nothing but a two-word obscenity on an exam paper because the phrase expressed meaning and was spelled correctly. The Times of London newspaper quoted examiner Peter Buckroyd as saying he gave the student 2 points out of a possible 27 for the English paper. "It would be wicked to give it zero because it does show some very basic skills we are looking for, like conveying some meaning and some spelling," Buckroyd was quoted as saying.
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